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Esrock Partners is the premier food agency. Based in the suburbs of Chicago, the firm has 45 years of experience developing, nurturing, and growing food and foodservice brands. Our expansive knowledge of the food and foodservice industry landscape, best practices, and emerging trends make us an ideal partner for foodservice brands. We are a high-paced entrepreneurial environment where independent thinkers thrive and are successful. We’re a curious collection of artists, storytellers, brand fanatics, and number nerds who take our work seriously, but not ourselves. Learn more about our team and how we work on our Culture Page.
Associate Creative Director
Esrock is searching for an associate creative director to add to our growing team. The primary role of an associate creative director is to lead and manage the creative development of concepts, using various forms and a variety of tools to communicate ideas that can inspire, inform or influence a specific target(s) to engage with a product or service. In addition to the primary function, there are several other areas of responsibility that an associate art director needs to be comfortable with.
Leadership: Ability to manage your assigned team, processes and procedures, and how the creative machine works. Provide leadership to the team by example of expertise, in best practices and guide ethical decisions.
Relationships: Ability to cultivate strong strategic creative relationships with internal stakeholders, clients and outside strategic partners.
Conceptual thinker: Ability to develop strategically sound, relevant and impactful ideas based on a well-executed creative brief.
Talk khaki: Ability to speak business and not just creative speak. You need to know the client’s business and industry ensuring all our creative work strategically aligns.
Entrepreneurial: Ability to align client needs with agency services that provide results to clients and profitable business opportunities to the agency. Actively providing new solutions and ideas for additional new business from clients.
Presenting and selling: Ability to be a master of meetings. Present, guide, and defend the ideas and work. Ability to read the room, own the room, and have a presence. Work gets done for most others in these meetings.
Resourcing: Ability to balance workloads including how to get the work done, who is best to do it, by managing internal and external resources in order to balance that workload.
Hustle: Ability to be ever-present, pushing yourself and others, by being aggressive and a go-getter. Know where the work is going, why, and how to use the creative process work to make the agency profitable.
Mentor: Ability to provide thoughtful direction and advice to more inexperienced or junior creatives while not taking over ownership.
Inspiration: Ability to find the positive in all the work we do. Approach each project with the same attention to detail and craftsmanship in order to deliver best-in-class creative solutions. Be a positive force for the team and the agency.
Medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, and life insurance
401(k) program with employer match
Flexible spending account (FSA) and dependent care FSA
Agency bonus program
Flexible scheduling and remote working days
Paid time off
Fridays close early all year
We are always eager to meet unique talent or expertise that can help grow our agency and our client's brands.